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Old 04-01-2014, 08:39 PM   #1
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JellyStones the best choice for young kids?

Are Jelly Stones the best CG for kids activities and keeping them busy while camping? We are new to this and just bough a pop up. We are planning our summer out now and found the freemont IN jellystone to look pretty appealing to us but want to check what else is out there. We have a 1.5 year old and a 4.5 hear old.

We on doing about 10 nights at state parks but wanted to put a really kid focused one in there too..

Whatcha think?
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:24 PM   #2
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We have stayed at the Jelly Stone in PA and our kids love it. It has a pool, waterpark, jump pillow, pedal karts, play ground, putt putt, and other group organized activities at the main pavilion. Oh and they usually have an outdoor movie night on the weekend.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:57 PM   #3
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For children under five I don't think you'll get your money's worth as the majority of activities for children are geared to those that are older. At the Jellystone Park nearest me, the weekend rate in 2013 for a FHU campsite in season was $80.00 a night.

For small children, a private campground with a kiddie pool, a good playground and "family type" activities (like a hayride) would be a better value and much less expensive.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:58 AM   #4
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Check into Thousand Trails Zone Pass memberships. Depending on where you travel, there may be many parks in your zone to use. Each park may vary in activities for the kids but they are secure, habe pools, clubhouses, etc. Our favorite one was in Verde Valley AZ and we have very fond memories of our kids laughing and going on many organized activities & events.
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Whats wrong with the State Parks?? Hiking, playgrounds, in season there will be tons of other kids. Wife and I just were never in need of a theme park style CG to keep the kids occupied and enjoying camping. My fear if you start out with a Jelly Stone style CG, that's all they'll want.
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Of all the places we've been including Disney, my kids still talk about going back to Jellystone!
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Whats wrong with the State Parks?? Hiking, playgrounds, in season there will be tons of other kids. Wife and I just were never in need of a theme park style CG to keep the kids occupied and enjoying camping. My fear if you start out with a Jelly Stone style CG, that's all they'll want.

Nothing wrong with state parks, like I said we have about 10 nights planned at state parks but figured it would be nice to take them some where special where its more focused on them. My 1 year old doesn't quite get the concept of fishing and requires we carry him on any thing short of flat terrain. Theres nothing wrong with this, but his personality really come comes out he is able to do things on his own and makes his own fun....
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Our children are grown now, but still talk about the trips to the different Jellystones that we have been too. We actually have Easter Weekend booked at a Jellystone this year.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:16 AM   #9
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We have been to one. There are no more activities provided there than at many other private campgrounds. Since your kids are so small keep in mind if that Jellystone has golf carts as they can be ripping around the CG and your kids could be at risk. The pool was okay IMHO and way too crowded for my taste. They also had a DJ blasting music for 4 hours at the pool until 10 PM which I could have done without.

As mentioned above if you had older pre-teen or teens this would suit your party better. Perhaps a KOA with a jumping pillow, pool and playground would suit you better at this stage. Activities are common throughout CG's privately run and some gems are out there. Try doing a google search on an area you are interested in and you might find one. Post a thread here and you will be surprised how much great information can come your way on an area.

My kids like pools, biking and some of the activities, but mostly making smores by the campfire.
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Nothing wrong with state parks, like I said we have about 10 nights planned at state parks but figured it would be nice to take them some where special where its more focused on them. My 1 year old doesn't quite get the concept of fishing and requires we carry him on any thing short of flat terrain. Theres nothing wrong with this, but his personality really come comes out he is able to do things on his own and makes his own fun....
Guess my thought is that SPECIAL is how you define special. If its going to the Pancake house for that special Mothers day breakfast I am on the same page. But Camping, especially family camping, in a pop up is SPECIAL by itself. The most special place was site 1734 or 237 or 92 or what ever site you have been assigned. Its the stream that runs behind the site or the dirt trail to the bathroom where the kids look for monsters behind big trees. Our kids never required or wanted to do go-carts, water slides, other than that special pony ride or pioneer village activity where they make crafts or plant corn.

When we go to places like Yellowstone or the Bad lands, we never sought out Jellystone style CG's. Our kids will always remember the Bison and the big bear that wandered thru our campsite in Yellowstone.
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